10 Resolutions That Will Make You An Expert HiPPO Exterminator

ArtsHacker.comIt’s time to cut back on the HiPPO populatiuon; and no I don’t mean the large, mostly herbivorous mammal found in sub-Saharan Africa, instead, we’re talking about the acronym HiPPO, which stands for Highest Paid Person’s Opinion.

We’ve all wasted too much time during meetings and made decisions that didn’t produce the best potential return on investment due to a lack of data and in that void, HiPPOs love to spread their love.

So in order to help push back, I published an article today at ArtsHacker titled 10 Resolutions Every Arts Manager Should Make For Better Data Driven Decisions In 2016. And since it’s ArtsHacker, instead of taking the easy way out and simply listing the resolutions, you’ll get all sorts of accompanying resources and step-by-step guides so you can actually set those resolutions in motions (not to mention preventing all-too-convenient #ResolutionFail).

Read The Article at ArtsHacker.com

2016 resolutions

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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